Saturday, February 2, 2013

Wellness Word Challenge Reveal!


Tracy Statler of Make Bracelets Blog challenged jewelry artists to choose a wellness word for 2013 and transform that word into a beautiful piece of jewelry. I decided to play and chose the word "Bloom".

I thought about where my life is today and how I want to grow and blossom.  My hubby Walter and I made a major decision to relocate from the busy megalopolis of Las Vegas to Prescott, AZ, the "other" Mile High City! And what a change it was, slower pace, beautiful mountains, pine trees, deer, eagles...Prescott is a far cry from the generic brown birds and mountains of Vegas!

We did leave family and close friends behind, which is tough, but we do visit from time to time. I confess this last year has been difficult for me creativity-wise.  Feathering your nest can be quite time consuming and sometimes exhausting, with painting, moving furniture around to achieve that perfect aesthetic balance, planting a garden...well, those are creative pursuits but left me little time to set up my workbench.

I decided that I must bloom where I am planted, and that was the genesis for my necklace.  To grow you must tend and nourish new friendships, as well as old.  You must plant roots in your new community and make sure your new found family flourishes.


I created my Bloom necklace using vintage brass chain and fob clasp which represent the past.  I added rough nuggets of moss aquamarine and two vintage faceted Swarovski rounds. My brass bezel contains beautiful pink larkspurs embedded in Diamond Glaze, which represents planting new flowers with the intention of permanency. I hid the secret message "Bloom where you are planted" on the back bezel, close to my heart.




Please celebrate 2013 Wellness with these talented artists, and make sure you bloom and grow wherever you live!


17 comments:

  1. Very nice piece - and the 2nd one I've seen with the sentiment on the back. I understand moving away from family and friends; although my move was 25 years ago, I still remember the feeling! I hope I would be more equipped to do so now. I have enjoyed participating in the challenge!

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  2. Beautiful, love all those colors together.

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  3. hey Sharon, I didn't realized you moved for Las Vegas to Arizona! That's a big move! I like Arizona! I've only visited the Scottsdale area. It definitely takes time to acclimate to a new home. I hope you are settling in nicely!
    Your necklace is beautiful and so fitting to your new circumstances.

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  4. Wow...what a beautiful piece you have created...and blooming where you are planted is a huge them for me right now..love those colors..wow...what a great talisman!

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  5. Very interesting that you are not the only one in the challenge who wants to bloom. It's such a great word that I would have never thought of. I love all the personal symbols and meaning you add to it. It's lovely.
    Enjoy! Melissa
    http://www.lisayangjewelry.com

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  6. Your piece is beautiful. I don't know what Diamond Glaze is, but I'm assuming it will help keep the colors of the flowers. So pretty!

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  7. You are so right. You must make the most of where you are, wherever that may be! Your pendant is so lovely. Those blushing pink flowers are perfect.

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  8. Beautiful idea and a perfect focus for the upcoming year in your new home. I love the aquamarine, nothing like clear blue skies to let the flowers grow!

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  9. Sharon, I wish you the best in your new home. What a big move! And it sounds like you've tackled so much already. We have tons of boxes in the basement from 2 years ago, and I still haven't picked out paint colors for all of the rooms! Your necklace is so delicate and pretty...so perfect for Spring (I wish) around the corner! I like your hand-written message on the back, what a great touch!

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  10. What a beautiful way to incorporate your word, with actual blooms! I have a cousin who lives in Prescott when he is not off gallivanting around the world. It sounds like a beautiful place to plant your seed and nurture new roots to take hold. I wish you the best in that adventure! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day. Erin

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  11. beautiful necklace and sentiments.

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  12. Hi Sharon! That is a great phrase you have chosen. The mix of the spring colors and that neat chain with the moss aquamarines work so well with the delicate pink flowers. They represent your words perfectly. Good luck this year in your journey of getting settled in a new place. I hope you are able to get back to more jewelry making. Your work is really wonderful! You've inspired me to use that bottle of diamond glaze I have sitting unused on my bench. : ) Thank you for participating!

    Tracy

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  13. Heres to your new life and slower place. It sounds like your settling in. The necklace is so pretty!!

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  14. Hi Sharon....didn't know you relocated, but wish you all the best. Love the necklace you made and yes, you will bloom where ever you are....you have such talent! I have a friend who retired in Prescott. Must be a beautiful place!

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  15. Congrats on a new start in a new place. I have actually loved every move we have made- it brought so many new places to explore and people to meet like you, remember. I miss you. Very busy at OV now teaching music and art- love it!! Just starting to find a little time to work myself. Had a clay day today. I love your necklace- I used to press flowers from my garden in WA. The beautiful thoughts make it very special. Delicate and sentimental. Bravo!

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  17. Oh these are some fantastic assistance, always looking for methods to fresh my Jewelry at home! also that first picture had me interested for a excellent little bit haha!

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